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Animam a cinch to succeed Bernardino as UAAP women's MVP

NU's Jack Danielle Animam is set to succeed Afril Bernardino as the UAAP Women's basketball MVP.
By Kevin Estrada


National University maintained its stranglehold as the country's best women's basketball program, after a successor to the three-time MVP Afril Bernardino has now been declared, with center Jack Danielle Animam ended the regular season on top of the MVP Race.

The Perlas standout from Malolos, Bulacan will be the new queen of UAAP women's basketball after edging UE's Lovejoy Sto. Domingo in the tight stats race after steering the Lady Bulldogs for their fourth consecutive regular season sweep to return to the finals for their fifth straight season

Animam, who will turn 19 in between the first two games of the finals, tallied 77.2857 total statistical points on the strength of her defensive prowess, despite only averaging 11.4 points per game.

In all the 14 wins of the Lady Bulldogs this year, the junior confirmed her new role as the queen of the boards and the sultana of swats, as she posted season-high average of 16.4 rebounds and blocked close to three shots per game, 1 more than her twin-tower partner Rhena Itesi who only came far second at 1.7 bpg en route to third in the TOTSPs tally.

On her fourth year, Sto. Domingo posted double-double averages (15.6 ppg, 12.7 rpg) for the 11-3 Lady Warriors, coming in close second just 1.6428 SPs behind Animam.

Rounding up the top five are NU's Ria Joy Nabalan (69 SPs) and UST's Sai Larosa (61 SPs)

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